hypnosis

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noun hyp·no·sis \ hip-ˈnō-səs \

Definition of hypnosis

plural hypnoses play \hip-ˈnō-ˌsēz\
1 :a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 :any of various conditions that resemble sleep
3 :hypnotism 1

Examples of hypnosis in a Sentence

  1. He underwent hypnosis to treat his fear of water.

  2. While under hypnosis, she described the horrific accident in detail.

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Origin and Etymology of hypnosis

New Latin


HYPNOSIS Defined for English Language Learners

hypnosis

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Definition of hypnosis for English Language Learners

  • : a state that resembles sleep but in which you can hear and respond to questions or suggestions


HYPNOSIS Defined for Kids

hypnosis

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noun hyp·no·sis \ hip-ˈnō-səs \

Definition of hypnosis for Students

:a state which resembles sleep but is produced by a person who can then make suggestions to which the person in this state can respond

Medical Dictionary

hypnosis

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noun hyp·no·sis \ hip-ˈnō-səs \

medical Definition of hypnosis

plural hypnoses play \-ˌsēz\
1 :a trancelike state of altered consciousness that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 :any of various conditions that resemble sleep
3 :hypnotism 1


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